The Transformers: The Movie Studio Series toys are clearly meant to be part of the third part of the War For Cybertron Trilogy. Presumably Hasbro decided to put them in Studio Series so they could shoehorn Beast Wars in rather than doing a separate line for the 25th anniversary of Beast Wars. If they couldn’t give Beast Wars it’s own line, including an additional wave in the Kingdom line would have made more sense.
Vehicle Mode: Hot Rod looks pretty great in vehicle mode. The only issue is that the extension on his front fenders does not quite line up correctly. It really needed to peg in. His accessories can sit either on his hood or his roof.
Robot Mode: In robot mode Hot Rod is awesome. His two guns don’t quite match his originals, but they do have similarities. One hand can be flipped into his arm revealing the tool he used to put Kup back together, on the other you can mount his saw blade. He comes with the matrix from Optimus Prime (not a new mold) as well as a blast effect to simulate it being opened.
Overall: Hot Rod is a $20 toy in a $30 box. This isn’t Voyager Class Optimus Prime’s trailer making him Leader Class. He really needed something else to justify the higher price point. Having said that. It’s a pretty great toy, I just wish they had made the fenders peg in.
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